It seems my recent post, “How Did I Miss It?,” has struck a chord with a black friend of mine. He has sent me several private emails expressing his disappointment in me. He seems to think I am wrong, my argument is totally unsupported and that I have absolutely no understanding of what racism really is. I think this is important enough to address because I know it is my friend who is wrong about this issue.
First, let’s look at what the dictionary has to say about the definition of racism:
Definition of RACISM
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
Now, if this is the definition you assign to the term ‘racism,’ this discussion is over: this defines something that is most often an inherent character trait of an individual, and we can neither legislate it, nor lay a moral claim to have the authority to legislate it. It would be like trying to control who someone hates and punishing them accordingly, or to legislate what someone believes about anything. In fact, if we get right down to it, the right to be racist in this sense is protected by the first amendment as it is a matter of free will and/or conscience.
This would confine this definition to the individual, and I have always considered racism – real racism – to be a matter of officially sanctioned policy: either by a society at large or through its government. For this reason, I have always preferred to think of racism in the sense of the dictionary definition above as prejudice or bigotry, and I have always considered racism to include some form of official policy that applies to all of society. This is the form of racism this nation struggled with over both the issue of slavery as well as civil rights after the Civil War, and this is the definition I use when discussing the term.
Now, assuming you will agree with my definition – even if only for the sake of this discussion – let’s address the issue of racism in this nation. Today, we have a term known as ‘affirmative action.’ Define it how you will, but this is an official policy, enacted and protected by law, that discriminates in favor of one racial status at the expense of another. By my definition or the dictionary’s, this is racism. This is also where we get the term ‘reverse racism.’ There is no such thing as reverse racism; there is only racism.
But our society has been told – especially by our college professors and supposed civil rights leaders – that it is not possible for a minority to be racist. The claim is that only whites can be racist, or if they are being generous, they will tell you only the race in power can be racist. OK, set aside that this is not true, let’s look at who is in power today: a black man. So, using this definition, and the fact that Obama has directed the DOJ not to prosecute or pursue blacks who violate the law, we have the requirements for my definition and that of the dictionary – only this time, it is black-on-white racism. There is ample evidence for this. Obama has made many comments that, had they been said by a white man about blacks, would have had him labeled a racist. He has ignored clear race/hate crimes by groups such as the New Black Panthers. And his allies in the media have ignored black-on-white hate crimes while manufacturing white-on-black crimes from a Hispanic-black incident. In the Martin-Zimmerman case, the media falsified evidence to create this story, and Obama ran with it. Yet, when a white man was beaten by blacks claiming it was for Martin, Obama made no attempt to console the family or speak out against the attack. This couldn’t be any clearer: we have – in Obama – everything blacks have told us for decades is an indication of racism – except for one thing. Obama is not white.
Now, I have no doubt that I will be called a racist for even posti8ng this, but it isn’t true. Heck, I was raised on the border of French Quebec. If you don’t know what that means, then you might not know as much about the history of blacks in North America as you might think. I still hold the prevailing racial views of the region in which I grew up, so I reject any and all claims of racism that people try to make against me. I recognize them for what they are: an attempt to use race as a weapon. Unfortunately, that is what race has become in our society today: a weapon. It is used to silence descent and to extort all sorts of money or favoritism on behalf of minorities – mostly blacks. Jackson and Sharpton have made careers out of doing just this, as have many politicians. And now, it is institutionally supported by our government. Well, I have a little news flash for people who support these racist programs because they believe they are making up for wrongs of the past: THIS IS UNCONSTUTIONAL!
Our Constitution prohibits our government from holding the children accountable for the crimes of their parents (this is called a blood law). There is no one alive today who owned slaves or took part in the slave trade dating from the founding of this nation. Nor are there any former slaves alive today. So the claims of reparations may sound good, but they are nothing more than unconstitutional attempts at extortion. And where the government has instituted such policies, they amount to extortion and theft. I often wonder, how many of us even stop to think about how many whites are punished over our slave history, yet their families were not even in this nation when slavery was still going on? Or how many blacks ever stop to ask whether they are harming a white family whose ancestors died trying to free the slaves? That these issues are never mentioned actually supports my claim: the fight over racism today is more about power than right or wrong.
Finally, I have one other thought. If you turn a person’s government against him based on the color of his skin, at what point does he become you and you take his place? You see, racism is about skin color: it has nothing to do with which race is the majority in society. If this were the case, South Africa was never a racist nation as whites have always been in the minority. So, at what point do blacks in our society start to become the oppressors, and whites the oppressed? And when we reach that point, then don’t all the arguments blacks have made to justify ‘black rage’ suddenly stop working for them and start to be legitimate for whites, instead? If you are honest with yourself, you will realize I have a point here. You may even be hard pressed to decide whether or not we’ve reached that point yet.
I’ll leave you to decide on all of this for yourself. All I know is my friend is wrong on many, many levels. We are in no way, shape or form living in a pre-1960’s America, and racism is no longer institutionalized against blacks. If anything, it is now institutionalized against whites. But this is an issue that must be addressed honestly and fairly or we run the risk of creating a backlash. Unfortunately, I have become convinced a backlash is exactly what Obama wants because it will present him with the crisis he seeks to ‘do things he wouldn’t normally be able to do.”